Author Archives: Global Urban History

The Archive Box #5: Chasing Archives in Ottoman Tunis

By Youssef Ben Ismail, Harvard University The Archive Box is a series featuring global urban historians reflecting on their archival experience, and on the practical and theoretical challenges they faced while working with a variety of archives in different cities … Continue reading

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The Global, the Urban, and the Revolution in 1970s Iran

By Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen The Iranian Revolution, most historians argue, was an urban phenomenon in which mass demonstrations in major cities led to the spectacular downfall of the shah in 1979. In addition to Ayatollah Khomeini’s politicized … Continue reading

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The Archive Box #4: The Worlds of the Paris Commune

By Quentin Deluermoz*, University of Paris The Archive Box is a series featuring global urban historians reflecting on their archival experience, and on the practical and theoretical challenges they faced while working with a variety of archives in different cities … Continue reading

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The Archive Box #3: Building Colonial Capitalism in Bombay

By Sheetal Chhabria*, Connecticut College The Archive Box is a series featuring global urban historians reflecting on their archival experience, and on the practical and theoretical challenges they faced while working with a variety of archives in different cities across … Continue reading

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The Archive Box #2: Japanese Judokas, Brazilian Black Belts

By João Júlio Gomes dos Santos Júnior*, State University of Ceará The Archive Box is a series featuring global urban historians reflecting on their archival experience, and on the practical and theoretical challenges they faced while working with a variety … Continue reading

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The Archive Box #1: Calcutta Pulp Fiction

By Anindita Ghosh*, University of Manchester The Archive Box is a series featuring global urban historians reflecting on their archival experience, and on the practical and theoretical challenges they faced while working with a variety of archives in different cities … Continue reading

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A New Governor Arrives in Batavia: Public Ceremony in a Colonial City

By Mikko Toivanen, University of Edinburgh How can historians relate urban spaces to the lives of city dwellers? Does it matter if the city is located in a colonial setting? Brenda Yeoh has argued that an excessive focus on abstract … Continue reading

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Is settler colonial history urban history?

By Efrat Gilad, Graduate Institute Geneva Tel Aviv, “the First Hebrew City” founded in 1909, is also referred to as “the city that begat a state”. This celebratory proverb illustrates how the city’s capitalist ventures were the economic and cultural … Continue reading

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Cartographies of Global Connectivity in Interwar Japan

By Jeffrey C. Guarneri, University of Wisconsin-Madison Japan’s interwar period (1918-1941) was a time of profound changes in Japan’s ports of international trade, cities which simultaneously helped to drive Japan’s rise to world economic power status during World War I … Continue reading

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No Escape

By Guy Ortolano, New York University I went urban to escape the global. Supranational histories – imperial, international, transnational, global, world – have become the default frames within which scholarship proceeds. At their best, these approaches shatter the complacencies of … Continue reading

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